OSHA Shares 2017’s Top 10 Safety Violations
Fall protection, the perennial chart-topper among OSHA’s most common violations, is a leading cause of workplace injuries and fatalities in both the construction and general industry sectors. While violations of general fall protection requirements top this list every year, fall protection training requirements made the list for the first time in 2017 (see #9).
#1 Fall Protection—General Requirements
[29 CFR 1926.501]
In January 2017, OSHA’s 500-page Walking and Working Surfaces Final Rule took effect. The Final Rule introduced new, bolstered standards for fall arrest systems and preventing trips, new OSHA safety training rules, updated PPE requirements, updated rules for ladders and scaffolding, and more.
Find out how the new OSHA fall protection rules will impact your facility when Lion presents the live, expert-led Walking & Working Surfaces Final Rule Webinar one last time this year, on November 15.
New OSHA GHS HazCom rules for labeling hazardous chemicals in the workplace are now in effect, and mandatory compliance started in June 2015. Typical violations in this area include failure to provide HazCom training for employees [29 CFR 1910.1200(h)(1)] and failure to implement a hazard communication program [29 CFR 1910.1200(e)(1)].
#2 Hazard Communication (HazCom)
[29 CFR 1910.1200]
Have questions about how GHS labeling affects 49 CFR hazmat compliance? Join us for the final GHS Compliance for Hazmat Shippers Webinar of the year on November 16. Need to train managers or employees on the ins and outs of GHS hazard communication? Check out these online courses designed to satisfy OSHA’s HazCom training requirement at 29 CFR 1910.1200(h).
For employees: Hazard Communication Online
For managers: Managing Hazard Communication Online
At number 3 on the list are violations of OSHA’s scaffolding requirements for the construction industry found at 29 CFR 1926.451. Scaffolding—along with fall protection and ladders—are all areas addressed in OSHA’s Walking and Working Surfaces Final Rule.
[29 CFR 1926.451]
OSHA estimates that 5 million US workers are required to wear respirators to protect them from harmful chemicals, dusts, vapors, and low-oxygen environments. Common respirator-related violations include failure to provide annual training and failure to put in place a respirator training or fitting program before distributing respirators for employees to use.
#4 Respiratory Protection
[29 CFR 1910.134]
The Respiratory Protection Online Course guides employees through OSHA requirements for selecting, fitting, using, and maintaining respirators in the workplace. The online course is designed to satisfy OSHA’s respiratory protection training requirement at 29 CFR 1910.134.
Also known as the “control of hazardous energy” standard, OSHA’s lockout/tagout (LOTO) rules cover the service and maintenance of machinery to prevent unexpected start-up or movement while an employee is working on the machine.
[29 CFR 1910.147]
Need help training employees on the crucial lockout/tagout rules? The Lockout/Tagout Online Course will provide your staff with an understanding of the dangers associated with unexpected start-up and release of stored energy. The course also covers a step-by-step guide to lockout/tagout.
Up one spot from last year, OSHA ladder safety violations include mistakes like using the top rung of a ladder as a step. [1926.1053(b)(13)]
[29 CFR 1926.1053]
Falling one spot from last year are violations of OSHA’s safety standards for Powered Industrial Trucks, a.k.a “forklifts.” Training of forklift operators, required at 1910.178(l)(6), is a commonly cited violation under this Standard.
#7. Powered Industrial Trucks (Forklifts)
[29 CFR 1910.178]
Protecting employees from injuries due to moving parts on machines is a crucial responsibility at general industry and construction workplaces. Machine guards must be in place under OSHA rules to protect workers from rotating parts, in-going “nip points”, and flying chips and sparks. Learn more about the machine guarding requirements here.
#8 Machine Guarding
[29 CFR 1910.212]
Making the list for the first time in 2017 is fall protection training requirements for the construction industry. OSHA’s Walking and Working Surfaces Final Rule added many new requirements, including rules for employee training.
New! #9 Fall Protection—Training Requirements
[29 CFR 1926.503]
For the second year in a row, electrical wiring violations dropped one spot on the list.
#10 Electrical—Wiring methods
[29 CFR 1910.305]
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